Statesman News Service
RANCHI, Jan. 27. — Maoist extremists ran amok across Jharkhand since Wednesday night. The mayhem left eight persons, including three police personnel, dead and paralysing traffic and throwing out normal life out of gear. They had called for a bandh on Republic Day.
In the Maoist stronghold of Palamu, they attacked Hariharganj pol-ice station and Chattarpur DSP’s bungalow-cum-office on Thursday. The gun battle continued till early morning. Palamu SP Mr Udayan Singh said, at least ten extremists were killed or seriously injured but they fled with their bodies.
On the Republic Day, they exchanged gunfire with police in Manoharpur. Bodies of two cops and two extremists were recovered from the forests. In Chatra, one cop and a villager were killed after a culvert was blown up on Simria main road. In Giridih, two villagers were killed in a landmine blast. Trucks were burnt down near Ruud village in Latehar district and at least three trucks were burning on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi highway today.
The Maoists blew off railway tracks near Mac-Luxiganj. They placed heavy logs on the tracks in the Tori-Lohardaga section. After a blast on the tracks between Harubera and Gola stations in Haz-aribagh district, train services remained suspended for over 18 hours.
They blew up tracks between Ita and Goutamdhara where ten wagons were derailed. Overhead wires were cut off near Chakradharpur and Bandamunda. Blasts were also reported from the Mohua Milan station in Latehar district and Tundi station in Dhanbad district.
Till last reports arrived, train services remained suspended in Coal India Chord link after extremists blew up tracks near Barwadihi and derailed a goods train. Six long distance trains were cancelled on Thursday. 20 others were stranded at several stations. Life started limping back to normal only today.